We help clients avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment to a psychiatric hospital by having a discharge hearing in Family Court.
A discharge hearing is a court proceeding in which the judge will decide whether to release you from the hospital or not. If you are committed to a psychiatric hospital, you may be able to apply for a discharge hearing within five days of your admission. You can also ask for one later if there are changes in your condition that indicate it’s appropriate for you to leave the facility.
Involuntary hospitalization or commitment occurs when someone is taken against his or her will by family members or police officers and placed under medical supervision because he/she is considered dangerous due to mental illness (or other reasons). In some cases, involuntary commitment can lead up until involuntary treatment such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), psychotropic drugs or long-term rehabilitation programs at state-run hospitals across America–which we don’t want! We aim at helping clients avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment so they don’t have these experiences again in future cases like these ones:
We help clients who have been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital have the court order modified so they can be released from the hospital sooner than would otherwise be the case.
In Virginia, a person may be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital if they are deemed to have a mental illness and are considered dangerous to themselves or others. There are two ways that this can happen:
The first method is called “ex parte.” This means that no notice was given to you before the hearing took place; instead, only your lawyer will receive notice of its date and time. You will be expected to attend this hearing at which time the judge will decide whether or not you should be hospitalized for up to 72 hours while he/she decides whether or not there should be an extended commitment beyond those three days (which would require another hearing). If so, then another hearing must occur within seven days of being admitted where either party may request release from hospitalization due too changed circumstances such as improved health status or significant improvement in symptoms; however this does not mean immediate release but rather just within seven days after admission unless extended by order from Judge presiding over case file(s).
We offer a wide range of legal services that can help anyone struggling with mental illness get the support they need to live a fulfilling life in spite of their illness
We offer a wide range of legal services that can help anyone struggling with mental illness get the support they need to live a fulfilling life in spite of their illness.
We can help you with legal issues related to mental health problems, such as:
Helping you obtain the treatment you need and deserve (including medication)
Assisting with accessing social security benefits or disability payments if necessary
Obtaining guardianship over children whose parents are unable to care for them due to a debilitating mental condition
Our goal is to help people with mental health issues and their loved ones secure Social Security Disability benefits, obtain other financial benefits, transfer medical care from one doctor or program to another, avoid involuntary hospitalization or commitment, and have a discharge hearing in Family Court so they can be released from the hospital sooner than would otherwise be the case.